Tag Archives: New Zealand

Potential to be harmful? Keeping the conversations open about innovation and impact on health

For every sizeable innovation there are detractors and advocates. Think, for example, the television in the late 1950s, 60s and 70s. When it initially became available and affordable for many people, was going to open up education for the world … Continue reading

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Building the Network for Learning: Commentary by Niki Davis

You may, or may not, be familiar with the Network for Learning (N4L) that is being developed in New Zealand. The potential of such a network is huge, but it requires a collaborative effort to actually make it work. It’s … Continue reading

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A confession, a smartphone, and Māori Language Week

    A confession…about a year ago I bought a smartphone (Samsung Galaxy), and I have found it really useful. I must admit, until the point where I had my very own smartphone…and for probably the first couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Scoop from Edsurge: One thing every school needs to make it work – great bandwidth

Fresh off the digital ‘press’ from Edsurge (thanks to Betsy Corcoran and her team), is the (audacious) educationsuperhighway. The article really caught my eye as the initiative in the US seems to have several parallels with the Ultra-fast and Rural … Continue reading

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Michael Barbour recently put out the call for submissions for a themed issue for the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning – to be published in April 2013 on the theme: Primary and Secondary Distance Education: Expanding the knowledge … Continue reading

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What can you learn from sore muscles, rain, big hills – and lashings of community support

I was blown away by a post (included in full below) by Marg McPherson, that recounted the efforts of 3 young men who cycled from Timaru to Invercargill in NZ, and whose support crew were 2 dedicated friends. Their efforts … Continue reading

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The future of Distance Education?

education (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee) This was the Executive panel session for DEANZ 2012, and it was kicked off with the suggestion that the Distance should be taken out of education and it should just be called education. However, there … Continue reading

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The eLearning Planning Framework in action

Karen Melhuish kicked off the session by introducing some discussion and thinking about eLearning and what the various terminology might mean. “eLearning is learning and teaching that is facilitated by or supported through the appropriate use of ICTs”, and eMaturity … Continue reading

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Appropriate education performance indicators for ODL organisations

This was the first keynote to open the second day of the DEANZ conference 2012, in Wellington, NZ. Caroline Seelig is Chief Executive of the Open Polytechnic of NZ. Not everything that can be counted counts, not everything that counts … Continue reading

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Great news for the deaf and hearing impaired communities in NZ

This post was shared by Eddie Reisch in early January – a great start to 2012 Sky launches captioning on 13 channels The post reads “It’s a giant step forward for the deaf and hearing impaired communities on February 1st … Continue reading

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